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Sepia tone photo of the Detroit Observatory; a dome shaped building on UM's campus with flags on it's perimeter

When I first saw this building I honestly had no idea what it was for. Interestingly enough, the Detroit Observatory was built in 1854 and was the first observatory to be established in Michigan and third in the nation. It is also the first official research facility ever built by the University of Michigan!  The Observatory is located at the corner of Observatory and Ann right between the Hill and Medical campuses and is home to many operational astronomical instruments, including a 6-inch Pistor, a Martins meridian circle, and the 12 5/8- inch Henry Fitz, Jr. refracting telescope. A fun fact is that the dome can be turned manually by pulling on a rope. The Observatory opens for tours only twice a month unless special arrangements are made.  This is definitely a gem worth checking out - not only is it fascinating, but it is a cool piece of history on our campus!  

For a complete listing of dates and times the observatory is open, special events, and any additional information, visit this website

 - Jarred

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Salutations! My name is Rachel, and I am a junior from Los Altos, CA studying Psychology. Aside from working at the Campus Information Center, I am Director of New Members for my sorority and am also involved with the Lean In club on campus.

  • Favorite Memory at Michigan: First gameday in the Big House (yes, I got chills)
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